Sky History suspended its new show The Chop after viewers discovered that a candidate appeared to have various "Nazi tattoos" on his face.
The Chop: Britain's top woodworker starring comedian Lee Mack invites cabinetmakers to test their skills in order to be named the best in Britain.
The station tweeted a trailer yesterday in which Mack introduces candidate Darren Lumsden with the title "Meet the Woodman, the guy with all the tattoos or Darren as we like to call him".
Some onlookers were quick to select one of his tattoos – a distinctive 88 on his cheek – which they saw as a right symbol.
They said the number 88 could be used as the code for "Heil Hitler" in white nationalist or neo-Nazi circles since "H" is the 8th letter of the alphabet.
Dad of two, Darren Lumsden from Bristol participates in Sky History's new show The Chop: Britain & # 39; s Top Woodworker. A trailer for the show with Darren sparked protests when some viewers said the "88" on his face was a "neo-Nazi tattoo".
Viewers also spotted a number of other potential white supremacy symbols on Darren's skin, including 23 and 16 that were inked on his temples and supposedly represent the numerical equivalent of "white power".
He was also accused of having a sig rune symbol on the right side of his nose, used by the Nazis as a symbol of victory and often mistaken for lightning, and a number 14 on his scalp, the "14 words" can represent a slogan coined by the white supremacist terrorist David Lane.
However, before announcing that they would not air the show, the station defended Darren's tattoos, claiming that "1988 is the year of his father's death" and that the tattoos "have no political or ideological significance".
The Bristol father of two is one of ten participants in the now-canceled show, which was due to start Thursday and will be filmed in Epping Forest.
Darren Lumsden can be seen with a prominent 88 on his cheek (circled below) and 23 and 16 that are supposedly inked on his temples and are the numerical equivalent of "white power" (above).
Here is the & # 39; 16 & # 39; to see the supposedly & # 39; white power & # 39; represents, when connected to the & # 39; 23 & # 39; is combined at his other temple. And the number 14 is circled above and represents & # 39; 14 words & # 39 ;, a popular white supremacist slogan
British geneticist and author of How To Argue With A Racist, Dr. Adam Rutherford, confirmed that he had discovered several other numerical tattoos, which were likely white symbols of supremacy.
He tweeted, “I spend a lot of time on white supremacy forums on the internet and they have dozen of really idiotic numeric codes, most of which are substitution ciphers a 7 year old would come up with.
& # 39; Darren seems to have these two on his face 88 = HH = Heil Hitler 23/16 = WP = White supremacy There is also: 18 = AH = Adolf Hitler 1488: a reference to the so-called 14 words used by white supremacist Terrorists were coined David Lane. & # 39;
He continued: & # 39; There are also: 1/11 = AK = Aryan Knights 3/11 = 3 K = KKK 109 = the claim that Jews were expelled from 109 nations throughout history, sometimes associated with 110 = hoping the US will do so be next. & # 39;
During Lee Mack's interview with Mr. Lumsden, he commented on the amount of ink on the carpenter's face after introducing himself as "The Woodman".
British geneticist and author of How To Argue With A Racist, Dr. Adam Rutherford confirmed that he had discovered several other numerical tattoos on Darren
The comedian said, "If you were in my town you wouldn't be known as the lumberjack, you would be known as the man with all the tattoos, surely they would take precedence."
The interview was met with negative tweets, including one from Luke O & # 39; Riordan, who called the station "idiots" and asked, "Are you real?" The guy has Nazi tattoos on his face. & # 39;
Sky History said there was an innocent explanation for the number, but the show was suspended hours later.
Sky History tweeted: & # 39; Darren's tattoos mark significant events in his life and have no political or ideological meaning. Among the various numerical tattoos on his body, 1988 is the year of his father's death.
Sky History released a short video of an interview between Mr Lumsden and show host Lee Mack, in which viewers noticed the tattoo
Mr. Lumsden also has the numbers 23 and 16 on his temples. These numbers are often used as a coded reference to white power by the far right as well
& # 39; The production team did extensive background checks of all the woodworkers participating in the show which confirmed that Darren has no connections or links to any racist groups, views or comments.
& # 39; Sky HISTORY is intolerant of racism and all forms of hatred and any use of symbols or numbers is completely random and is not intended to cause harm or offense. & # 39;
They later added, "While we are investigating the nature and meaning of Darren's tattoos, we have removed the video with him from our social media and will not be sending EPS from The Chop until we have completed this investigation." Sky HISTORY stands against racism and hate speech of all kinds. & # 39;
Many people on Twitter expressed concern about Mr. Lumsden's face tattoos, including the '88 figure
Many people noticed the connection between the number 88 and white supremacist terminology, despite Sky History claiming there was an innocent explanation
Sky History defended Mr Lumsden on Twitter, claiming they did extensive background checks and found nothing to associate him with any racist groups, views or comments
Sky History regularly shows documentaries about World War II, including Hitler's Gold and Hitler's Last Secrets.
Speaking to the Bristol Post on October 15th, Mr. Lumsden said, “About 10 years ago I saw someone with face tattoos and started working on my appearance with my tattoo artist.
“I have my daughter on the back of my head and my son on my cheek.
“When some people meet me for the first time, they are admittedly a little shocked.
'But they warm up for me soon after a few minutes.
Some people ask me for selfies. I have never reacted negatively to my tattoos before. You are just me I've already been stopped by people who saw the commercial. Nobody went on the show to get famous.
"But hopefully the show will turn out to be a bit of a character."
The anti-Semitism campaign expressed concern about the tattoos.
A spokesperson for the group said: & # 39; Sky HISTORY made a terrible mistake by speaking in & # 39; The Chop & # 39; took in a person adorned with what appears to be neo-Nazi tattoos with no serious evidence that the tattoos mean anything other than what they look like.
& # 39; These tattoos will be clearly visible to viewers on the show, including younger viewers, which is unacceptable.
"If Sky HISTORY is indeed 'intolerant of racism' as it claims, it urgently needs to provide credible clarification or remove the candidate from the program."
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